Palawan, Boracay feted in travel website's 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) – The country's top tourism destinations Palawan and Boracay Island were again recognized in the international travel scene.

The two tourist attractions were listed as part of international travel website Big 7 Travel's list of 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World.

Palawan was ranked eighth in the list, which the travel website praised its islands as one of the best in the world.

"Palawan is a fantastic triple threat of diverse wildlife, pristine landscapes and subterranean marvels. Because of its stretch across the Sulu and South China seas, it boasts a huge variety of nature from steep limestone cliffs to jawdropping coves and unbelievable beaches," Big 7 Travel rated.

Palawan, dubbed as the country's "last frontier" because of its still rich biodiversity and well-maintained ecological features, has been one of the country's recognizable tourism destinations. Among its famous attractions are the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Park, Amanpulo Island, and beaches around the towns of El Nido, Coron, and Busuanga.

Meanwhile, Boracay Island landed 18th in the list with the pristine beach island labeled by the website as "one of the world's top destinations for some R&R (rest and recreation)."

"Tranquil beaches, casual nightlife and lush tropical scenery makes it easy to see why. The peaceful island also boasts a unique food scene and has managed to maintain its unique Aklanon culture," the international travel website said on the tourist attraction located in Malay, Aklan.

Boracay is the first tourism destination in the country that opened nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte, the world-famous island went into a six-month rehabilitation in 2018 to clean it from natural and human waste brought by rapid commercialization in the area.

The Department of Tourism said the citation brought pride to the country amid the gradual recovery of the tourism sector from the pandemic.

"This recognition comes at an auspicious time, just as our efforts to reopen tourism in Boracay and Palawan to a greater number of tourists have come to fruition. The DOT is optimistic that the inclusion in this prestigious list will inspire more people to regain confidence to travel, helping the Philippines' tourism industry to recover after this challenging period," said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

The Big 7 Travel website based its list from the "most beautiful places in world" pins in image sharing platform Pinterest, most liked photos on their official Instagram account, and suggestions from readers and their editorial team. The Torres del Paine National Park in Chile topped the list.